press charges

idiom

: to take legal action against someone : to officially accuse someone of a crime
He was caught shoplifting, but the store owner didn't press charges.

Examples of press charges in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hur decided not to press charges against Biden and Republicans want to know more about how that decision was made. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 17 May 2024 When prosecutors declined to press charges against Yamaguchi, Ito pursued a civil case against him, winning damages in 2019. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 9 May 2024 The case was closed because the woman did not want to press charges, the affidavit states. Katie Langford, The Denver Post, 6 May 2024 The commission decided not to press charges against those who removed the bears from the tree. Sabienna Bowman, Peoplemag, 2 May 2024 The driver declined to press charges against her, though she was fired shortly after. Grethel Aguila, Miami Herald, 19 Apr. 2024 Police reported to the scene but did not make any arrests after Circle in the Square Theatre management opted not to press charges. Malia Mendez, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2024 At Issaquah High School, police opted not to press charges. Caroline Haskins, WIRED, 8 Mar. 2024 Though Hammer didn’t press charges after Leonsis called to apologize, the National Hockey League fined the owner $100,000 and suspended him for a week. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024

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“Press charges.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/press%20charges. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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